New York Landlords Putting Tenants at Risk for Serious Injury: Part Two

Contrary to popular belief, providing tenants with a safe, livable, and sanitary dwelling is not optional, it’s the law. New York renters, take a moment to review the points below, which are just a portion of the features and guidelines landlords must follow:

In the state of New York, landlords must: install approved smoke detectors in each apartment, within ten feet of each room used for sleeping. The devices must contain have a functioning test feature, so that residents can ensure the devices are functioning.

Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory and must be placed within fifteen feet of the primary entrance to each sleeping room.

Landlords are required to take basic precautions to protect tenants against reasonable foreseeable crime harm (i.e. if a landlord fails to repair entry way locks and the resident is a victim of crime, that landlord may be accountable).

In NYC, entrances in buildings built or renovated after 1968 must have self closing and self locking doors.

Landlords are also required to provide tenants with heat throughout certain portions of the year, and hot and cold water year round.

Landlords of multiple dwellings must keep apartments and public areas in good repair and clean.

You can view the New York Tenant’s Rights Guide here:

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

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